Finally after Bali and Hong Kong, Kaum Jakarta restaurant by Potato Head Family is open in Menteng, Central Jakarta area.
Introduced in Hong Kong in May 2016, Kaum has been included in the prestigious “Michelin Guide Hong Kong & Macau 2017”, it is an Indonesian dining concept restaurant from Potato Head Family where they serve an anti mainstream dishes inspired from all over Indonesia.
As the name suggests, Kaum means clan or tribe, in Indonesia we have more than 600 ethnic groups with tons of unique dishes in different characteristic and to pay tribute to it, Kaum selected various authentic dishes from all over Indonesia to introduce it to the public, you will not get that kind of typical Indonesian dishes that already famous such as Rendang, in fact you will find unique dishes such as Mie Gomak from North Sumatra, Gohu Ikan from Maluku, Pepes from West Java, etc.
All dishes here use no MSG with all produce sourced primarily within Indonesia by working with small scale farmers and producers.
Recently, AnakJajan had a satisfying meal at Kaum Pop Up dinner event in Attarine so we’re super excited to visit Kaum as soon as they open.
The restaurant in Kaum is situated in a homey house in Menteng area that is surprisingly very spacious with high ceiling. Upon entering the restaurant, you will find an interesting and interactive art installation by Jompet Kuswidananto.
Gohu Ikan Tuna (Maluku) IDR 78k
Fresh cubes of tuna fish marinated in coconut oil, calamansi juice and served with kenari nuts & ginseng leaves. It was fresh with medium level of spiciness, we just love the use of coconut oil, the aroma simply spreads throughout the mouth nicely.
Ikan Bakar Sambal Dabu Dabu (North Sulawesi) IDR 150k
Grilled fish fillet marinated with tamarind water, turmeric paste and served with vegetable salsa. Fish was fresh and nicely grilled, but it was bland, maybe that’s the charm and that’s why they provide salt on the side, but personally we prefer our fish not bland.
Mie Gomak (North Sumatra) IDR 85k
If you live in Medan or North Sumatra, you should be familiar with this noodle dish, wok fried noodles with shredded grilled chicken, andaliman spices, fresh curry leaves & coconut milk sauce. The thick noodle with nice wok-fry aroma has a very strong bold aroma, taste wise was enjoyable, only the spice aroma was a bit too bold for our palates.
Ayam Berantakan IDR 65k
Inspired by the dish from Aceh, the chef created Ayam Berantakan dish consists of pan fried chicken topped with toasted spicy coconut flakes, fried garlic slivers, fried curry leaves and red chilies. It was savory, aromatic and enjoyable.
Nasi Goreng Cabe Asap IDR 120k
This one is not any fried rice dish that you can get easily out there. Kaum version of fried rice uses home smoked chilli paste, fresh prawns, fermented krill, lemon basil & stinky beans. The seasoning was just right, spicy hot, savory and aromatic altogether but the best part from it would be the use of home smoked chilli paste, it gives the fried rice a delightful yet addictive smoky aroma.
Sate Sapi Wagyu Maranggi (Purwakarta, West Java) IDR 130k
Tender wagyu beef skewer with ginger, garlic, lesser galangal & crushed pepper chargrilled and then served with chili-sweetsoy sauce and lime, what’s there not to love?
Lidah Bakar Sambal Tangkil (West Java) IDR 85k
This one was seriously one of the most tender grilled ox tongue we’ve ever had!! Extremely tender you won’t need knife to cut it. It was nicely seasoned as well with hint of spicy kick and it didn’t lack of anything.
Pepes Aneka Jamur (West Java) IDR 55k
This dish consists of grilled assorted mushroom with lemon basil wrapped in banana leaves and then grilled. It tasted a bit plain and dry for me personally, I was hoping for more juicy sensation and more intense flavor.
Tumis Keciwis Tauco Pekalongan (West Java) IDR 55k
First time trying Kewicis or baby cabbage and we’re loving it!! The taste was pleasantly surprising, baby cabbage was crunchy while the seasoning was packed with flavors. The use of fermented soy bean paste adds complexity and give the dish a nice flavor boost.
Kue Lumpur Bubur Ketan Hitam (Java) IDR 45k
Dessert is one thing that you should not miss when you’re in Kaum and the most recommended one would be Kue Lumpur or Indonesian mud cake with soft smooth texture and subtle salty taste from the use of coconut milk.
Lapis Surabaya Selai Nanas Madu (East Java) IDR 45k
Enjoyable layered cake with caramelised pineapple jam and lemon curd.
Klappertaart with Caramel Sauce (North Sulawesi) IDR 45k
As yummy as the Kue Lumpur, their Klappertaart turned out to be a winner. It’s a sweet delicacy from North Sulawesi, coconut bread & fermented cassava pudding, it was sweet in a subtle way, moist and soft in the middle with nice baked aroma on the top.
Overall, love the unique selection of dishes they offer, creative concept, friendly staff, great flavor, amazing space, it exactly meets our expectations. Double thumbs up for Kaum Jakarta!!
Jl. Dr. Kusuma Atmaja No. 77 – 79
Menteng, Central Jakarta
Mon-Thu 18.00 – 00.00
Fri-Sat 18.00 – 02.00
Sun 18.00 – 22.00
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